Colombo is Sri Lanka’s bustling commercial hub located on the west coast of the island. The city is rich with culture, heritage and religions and one place you can witness the contrast of best and worst Sri Lanka has to offer.
While Colombo offers an array of luxury, hotels, restaurants, Nightclubs, Casinos and shopping malls bearing famous brands to satisfy the luxury living standards it also carries a maze of small shops selling wholesale and retail in cramped-up dusty, noisy streets and traffic jams that are so crazy, enough to make locals cringe.
The beautiful building that houses, The National Museum was built in 1876 by the Sri Lankan Governor at the time. The museum displays from items owned by the former kings like the golden thrones and crowns, to the exhibits narrating the history of Sri Lanka.
Independence Memorial Hall is located in the Independence Square at Colombo 7, which used to be known as Torrington Square. This Hall was built for the commemoration of the independence from British in 1948. This is built on the very spot where the first ceremony was held to mark the beginning of the first parliament.
Gangaramaya is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo. The temple houses a museum that displays a collection of artifacts and other objects of religious, cultural and historical valued range of ageless treasures from ancient Sri Lanka as well as around the globe.
The best time to visit the temple is during Nawam, Vesak & Poson (February, May & June) months to witness the Nawam Perahera, Vesak celebrations and Poson Celebrations, where the whole area gets decorated with colorful lights, lanterns and decorations.
Next to Gangaramaya temple, in the heart of Colombo is a Beira Lake. In the middle of the lake you will find the old wooden building named Simamalaka Shrine.
In the colonial era the lake was used as a method of transport, mainly for goods within the city.
After all the shopping and sightseeing, Old Dutch Hospital is the place to go for a little relaxation. Don’t be fooled by the name, the Old Dutch Hospital considered one of the oldest structures in Colombo Fort, dating back to Dutch colonial era ca.1681. It is now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct.
Pettah market or Manning Market is an open market in Pettah, Colombo. The Market is most famous for wholesale distribution out of Colombo.
These chaotic streets are always crowded, noisy and packed with tuk tuks, wooden carts and street vendors. In these miniscule shops you will find everything you will ever need for ridiculous prices. And if you’re planning on going shopping here, do some research, as different streets specialise in different items.
Best way to witness the market is by foot, since even if you manage to take your car in through the madness, parking will be impossible.
Galle Face Green in Sri Lanka is a five hectare ocean-side urban park, which stretches for a half kilometer along the coast.
After his Lunuganga Project Geffrey Bawa continues his work with various sites around Sri Lanka, of which number of sites are open to public. One of these sites situated in Colombo. This is where Geoffrey Bawa made his residence during 1960-1970.
Geoffrey Bawa’s house at Number 11, is open for public viewing only by appointments.